Maroon Bells Fall Color

Discussion in 'Len's Nature Photos' started by Len Backus, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Last week I was in Colorado taking pictures. I wasn't alone. This scene outside Aspen is perhaps the most famous photo icon in the western states. There were 61 photographers (I counted them :)) lined up along the shore. One of them was my neighbor and photo friend, Boyd. We were fortunate that the water was almost as still as glass, color was near peak and a little snow accented the Bells.

    While about 40 of us were there at dawn, the light isn't at its best until around 10 am when the sun is high enough to light up the hillside on the left. You can see a little bit of breeze had picked up by then on the lake near the far shore.

    Nikon D2X
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    1/60 @ F10, ISO 100
     
  2. bwaites

    bwaites Well-Known Member

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    Len,

    I've seen that pic done before where the water was sky blue. Seeing how clear it looks now, I'm wondering if those other pictures were highly altered!

    Bill
     

  3. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Bill, I wonder if it is naturally blue when the wind is up and the water is rippled?
     
  4. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    They probably just spice it up a bit, without doing much work it's possible
    to make them look a bit more... spicy?

    Like so:

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  5. Buffalobob

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    That is certainly better than Alcova Reservoir
     
  6. royinidaho

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    Like 'softer' better....
     
  7. HRstretch

    HRstretch Well-Known Member

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    Speaking for the most of us in the flatlands thanks for the photo. It humbles me to think of these places like this. To think of such beauty and tranquility is heartening to the soul.
     
  8. Boss Hoss

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    OUTSTANDING!!!! The sad thing is pictures can never do Colorado in the fall justive!! My New background!!!!

    Thanks!! DM
     
  9. Sendero_Man

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    did you use a polarizer ? looks like it...

    Great shot.
     
  10. Len Backus

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    No, I don't use one with a wide angle lens because it ends up giving the sky an uneven look.
     
  11. zupatun

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    I've been fortunate enough to be able to see the Maroon Bells in the winter time...both times of the year are just spectacular! Wish I coulda been there in the summer, but thanks for posting now I know what I'm missing!

    Thanks,

    Matt Roth